It looks like construction is coming to a close on Sven, a 762-foot-tall skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue and the second-tallest building in Long Island City, Queens. Also known as Queens Plaza Park, the 67-story tower is designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization and will yield 958 rental units with interiors designed by Selldorf Architects, including 300 units set aside as affordable housing. Hunter Roberts is the general contractor and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering administered the mechanical systems for the project, which is bound by Northern Boulevard to the east, Queens Plaza North and Dutch Kills Green to the south, and 41st Avenue to the west.
Since our last update in April, the exterior hoist has been fully disassembled from the flat western elevation and the glass façade panels have filled in the exposed gap. Only some minor work remains to be completed around the ground level.
The most notable aspect of the skyscraper’s design is its dual-concave shape, and its sweeping curve is most prominent when viewed from below in the park space that makes up Dutch Kills Green.
Workers were seen entering and exiting the landmarked Art Deco-style Chase Manhattan Bank Building, aka the Queens Clock Tower, which is in the process of being restored and integrated into Sven, comprising part of the project’s 50,000 square feet of office and retail space. Sidewalk scaffolding seen in our last update has been taken down, and the remaining stone and glass panels surrounding the first couple of floors are now in place with only a small portion of barriers and fencing remaining around the adjacent subway entrance along Northern Boulevard. The ornamental façade of the original clock tower is restored and can be fully appreciated.
Sven’s residential amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a library, co-working areas, a children’s playroom, and a demonstration kitchen. The nearest subways to the property are the E, M, and R trains at the Queens Plaza station and the 7, N, and W trains at the elevated Queensboro Plaza station.
Sven looks like it will be fully completed well before the end of 2021.